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when it's spring, warm out, we're going to feel it and be dressing appropriately. >> hopefully. the sound, 1975. >> yeah. >> okay. we're about -- a whole bunch of fun. "my big fat greek wedding" star nia vardalos is here. we adore her. >> yeah. we love nia. >> then, it's holy week for christians around the world. we'll show you special moments and fun from my trip to israel. a place i've been visiting for 45 years. >> i can't wait to see that. >> kojak! >> omg. >> last season's winner of "the voice" here to entertain us. out with a brand new debut album. he's sing for us later. >> does he not sing like an angel? >> anangel. and you are in luck. today's hard to believe, reese is 40. >> i wore one of her dresses last week. they're adorable. >> the cutest dresses. >> yeah. happy birthday to -- >> a cute boy. >> today's the day. >> blake? >> joel shiftman turns 5-8. >> i knew that. >> we had a little birthday party.
>> 5-8. >> what -- with jenna and mike. looking crazy. some of the best birthday cakes are from either giant or publix. >> yes. >> we sang, we celebrated, we enjoyed ourselves. >> kind of fun to see adults, and i mean advanced adult it is wearing little hats, and they're blue because he's a boy. he's a sweet guy. >> went down to florida. >> of course you did. >> tell me about your -- >> sick as a dog for three days, but i did, saturday, so beautiful. out in my backyard and took one picture of something beautiful. i don't know if you can see it. it's just vibrant. >> wait. are those tulips growing -- >> they're daffodils. i just put out a flat of them. >> my favorite sculptors, andy dick.
beautiful, beautiful sculptor, it is spring, but snowing this >> oh, yeah. >> overnight. >> it will be gone -- >> look what it looks like. in the morning. >> snow. dreaming of ten weeks from now. ten weeks, hod? >> i think it's ten weeks. >> memorial day weekend, ten weeks to get into your thong. if you need inspiration. >> and we all do. >> britney spears has it for you. >> a picture on instagram of her in a bikini, and my gosh. wow. >> you know what? that's a good angle. >> people always -- >> i'm sorry. i don't get that any angle. >> i'll try that out on memorial day weekend. even if i can look that good. we'll see. honestly. i admit she looks great. >> look at klg. you looked great without -- >> but that was 20 years ago, 30 years ago. >> go back, joann. we said anyone looks good at
>> all right. so i was wrong. all right. [ laughter ] >> some are instagram followers thinking the curve in the lower back was photo shopped. just me. she looks great. >> can we give a big, happy, wonderful congratulations to a person who's like a member of our family? megan, her husband -- gave birth -- she gave birth to, she was there, a baby boy named william clark stackhouse! >> perfect. >> arrived saturday morning weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces. she was -- >> she -- i spoke to her on the phone a little bit. she says she was exhausted and over the moon. >> and madly, madly in love. that's just the beginning, but she is truly one of the nicest human beings i've ever known in my life. >> ever. >> works so hard, cares about all of us so much. this is our time to care about her and we love her. >> we love you, megan. >> can't wait until she brings him to the studio. >> we can't wait.
friends. >> last night if you were watching "atlanta housewives" something happened captured a lot of people's attention. during the reunion, kenya, known to stir up trouble happened to be -- she got in trouble with andy cohen. let's let andy figure it out. >> candy, now that you've actually seen what they actually said, did don juan jump to conclusions? >> clearly. it was more to it. it was -- shaneah confirmed it, also, so -- >> okay. are you texting during the reunion? >> matt is asking about the puppy's food. i'm sorry. >> sweetie, matt can figure it out. i mean -- you put the food in the bowl. like, with all -- >> he doesn't know where it is. >> it's in the kitchen. >> sorry. [ laughter ] >> you got to be kidding? >> ooh. by the way, you know what it was? >> almost makes me miss "the
almost. if you're really trying to hide a text, this is what you do. i've done it. you have it down here. this was her trying to make news. right? or -- >> we have to ask andy cohen next time. does he set stuff up, too? >> no. he does not. he does not play like that. i think she wanted more attention and i think it bugged him. he looked really annoyed. have you ever been with someone and you're trying to have a conversation with them and they're texting. >> it cost me a friendship once. >> really? >> yeah. i still care about the person but i don't get together anymore. you wait and wait for months, and you make plans, you finally get the time and they're on technology. and i said, you know what? life's too short. >> you're right. >> it can be a relationship ender. it's sad. a new poll in the uk found that young people -- this is upsetting -- value a good internet connection over daylight, water, a healthy diet and a good night's sleep. >> wait. water?
the only thing -- the only thing that rated more, you know, higher, was freedom of speech. you from having freedom of speech. >> but i can't believe that young kids -- first of all, i'm surprised freedom of speech was there, number one. knowing how kids are and what they think. you think they'd think of things that were, i don't know. internet, i get, but water, air? >> kanye's sneakers. important things like that. all right. you know what was important? a new attempt at telling the "passion of christ" story. fox did something i thought was pretty brave. hosted by tyler perry, whom we all adore. >> an epic production set in new orleans and they called it a live event and a lot was live but some was on tape. i thought it was one of those extraordinary things that tyler perry does. it was called "the passion live," and they told it, you know, through modern day songs. >> modern day songs. >> all of that sort of thing. yeah. >> chris daughtry was
>> i had forgotten how powerful he is? >> played judas to jencarlos' jesus, they sang "demons" by imagine dragons when judas betrayed jesus with a kiss. the solo was crazy. >> and trisha yearwood played mary, she was on the show and said she was so nervous. you wouldn't know it listening to her. she sang "you'll never walk alone." she has a great voice. you saw gospel singers behind, it was new orleans, made me want to go back. listen to this note. you'll never walk >> amazing. >> you forget what a great singer she is. >> and seal played pontius pilate. he sang "mad world" and gave into the crowd's wishes and gave jesus his crucifixion death. >> a great actor. >> such a believable doesn't he? >> so good for them. >> good for them. >> and a nice little bit of news over the weekend.
we got good news. we found out we won an award. >> actually, we won two. >> we won two awards. >> called the gracie awards. >> called gracies. >> what are they for, dawn? it's so embarrassing to us. go ahead. >> the gracie awards recognize exemplary programming made by women for women and about women. >> and kath won for best tv host. >> must be a mistake. >> hoda won for siris xm radio show. >> you won my award last year. you're cleaning up. >> kathie also won this. with me on the show. >> nia didn't win anything, but next year, i hear she's up for another academy award -- >> yeah. i didn't bring a toothbrush on >> it works? >> uh-huh.
we also want to see your photos of your most beautiful day ever. because next week -- >> an amazing performance. doesn't give anything but an amazing performance, from broadway. a tony nominated for my musical "scandalous." we'll show your photos during a song she's going to be singing. head to facebook page, we've posted photos and would love to share them with everybody. >> also, if you are a bride and want to get ambushed, come thursday. we may find you out in the crowd. that will be fun too. >> if you're going to be getting married, not if you've been one. >> no. right. >> and don't miss our favorite things. >> oh, i need to find one. >> i didn't know. >> oh, yeah. >> studio celebrity gossip and "today's buzz" coming up right after this. >> right after this! we're like goth, goth. (knocking on door) honey? i'm dying my hair mom. hair dye? no, not in my bathroom. relax mom. honey, just let me in. no! tiffany!
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>> if you want to be in the know before you go, we're about to fill you in with today's buzz. >> today's buzz. >> kiss f.m. san diego radio host shelly. >> shelly is here. >> how generous is amy schumer? >> amazing. i wish i were her bartender over the weekend. you guys i'm sure love "hamilton." >> haven't seen it. >> you haven't seen it? i was going to ask you to get me tickets because i know you guys have connections. >> yeah. i'm very big on broadway. go ahead.
"hamilton" with family members and friends. had already seen it but went to see it again she loved it so much. at intermission she tipped the bartender for a $77 check, $1,000. >> cooking it. >> yes. >> by the way, used to be a bartender. probably know what's it feels like. >> she really understands the struggle and wanted to let them know and give them love. >> now everybody's going to expect that. >> i know. right? amy -- >> she got herself into a dig pit. >> so reese witherspoon celebrated the big one. >> 40th birthday is actually tomorrow. celebrated in hollywood. >> happy birthday. >> happy early b.-day. celebrated in hollywood over the weekend. a-listers shows up, nicole kidman, keith urban, kate hudson. taylor swift performed for her. >> what a -- how sweet. >> she did? >> yes. taylor sang "sweet home alabama" guess who was her accompaniment.
>> i love that song. "sweet home alabama." need him? >> by the way, taylor swift was spotted in vegas sporting her man at a club. >> is that reese singing? >> hold on. sweet home alabama >> she won an oscar, remember? >> oh, my god. she knows how to sing. >> and looked fabulous. i love her dress. >> she always says she didn't have these people show up because they're stars. she's really actually friends they are really actually people who love her. >> remember seeing her on the elevator singing and performing? >> no. how did we nays and "hamilton," too? >> she seems like she knows how to have a good time. >> she was spotted dancing, at her man's deejay gig.
>> you know, when she finally gets a day off, you can imagine how much -- how good it feels. >> she loves to rock out. she showed up to show support for calvin. >> good news about ben affleck's back tattoo. >> i didn't even know about his back tattoo. >> a huge back tattoo. i was horrified, and i tried -- i try to be in the no-judgment zone, but that thing was terrible. and when people were reporting it was true, i was horrified. however, he told "extra" a fake tattoo for a movie role. thank goodness. >> i wonder why he didn't clear that up earlier. >> his exes, jennifer garner and jennifer lopez said it was awful. too much color and went on and said all of his tattoos have too much color! >> she's know every one. >> yes, she would. >> and jen garner said, oh, bless his heart. i'm so happy that it's fake, though. >> thank you very much.
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it's a story that sounds like a hollywood script. a little girl suffers from an incurable illness only to make a miraculous recovery after taking a fall and believing she saw jesus. >> the story is true and has been turned into a new movie everybody is buzzing everybody. everybody leaves it sobbing their eyes out called "miracles from heaven." jennifer garner gives a fierce performance as a mom who stops at nothing to fight for her daughter's life.
her do. >> take a look. >> this is not acid reflux. she is not lactose intolerant. >> you need to calm down. >> you calm down! you find me another doctor, you run more tests i'm not leaving this hospital until i know what's wrong with my daughter! >> yeah! >> the real-life family inspired the film, christy and kevin beam and daughters annabelle, adelynn and abbie. >> hi. >> so good to see you all. we've been living with your story for quite a while, but to see it come to fruition, must make you feel awesome. >> so grateful. >> i watched the movie last night and when finished i was sobbing my eyes out but when you -- you were so determined to help out your little girl that you actually, you drove to boston when -- when doctors wouldn't see you because there was such a long waiting list. no other choice for you. was there? >> well, that's a little bit of a dramatic license.
months to get in to him, but we had some serious miracle take place to get into him to begin with. >> dramatic license. still happened, just not that way. >> right. right. yeah, so -- >> for people who don't know the story, tell us what your little girl was going through. >> annabelle was diagnosed with something called pseudo obstruction motility disorder, meaning that her stomach and intestines didn't work. she couldn't process food, and things didn't work their way out. >> agonizing. >> agonizing. she lived on the sofa in a fetal position with a heating pad on her stomach. that was her life. >> and doctors kept misdiagnosing, which often happens. you lived in a smaller town and they didn't have that kind of expertise. what were you going through as a dad? >> so challenging. you would see your daughter, you know, hurting and there was many times we actually would literally put her to bed and kind of say, hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.
>> and, you know, christy was such an advocate for her to just continue to say, we've got to find something, we've got to have an option, something. the desperation parents know when their child is chronically ill is devastating. >> a point, annabelle, you were in the hospital. a touching scene. you had gone through so much pain you were just saying to your mom, mom, i want to go home and i want to see jesus. i mean, do you remember that, that time or was it such a painful time for you? >> yes. i do remember that time, and i had grown up and i knew about heaven. i knew that in heaven everything is pretty much perfect. so it was like, well, if i'm here suffering why don't i just go to heaven was the logical assumption that i made. >> in the movie you basically do go to heaven but jesus tells you, there's still work for to you do here. tell us a little about that without giving away the movie. the whole movie. >> so whenever i went to heaven, i asked jesus if i could stay and he said, no, annabelle, i have plans for you on earth you
whenever the firefighters get you out there will be nothing wrong with you and then he sent a guardian angel to light the tree. by that time it was dark. >> uh-huh. >> so he left you with an angel. >> wow. >> you guys have to go see the movie to see the end of it. pretty special. >> we don't want to give it away. >> you are spectacular sisters. i have to say. such a great family. you want to be a part of your family, that's how cool you are. >> we are a part of it. >> yes, we are. >> god bless you and happy holy week. heavy easter to you. thanks so much. we appreciate it. "miracles from heaven" is in theaters now. >> right now. plus, kathie lee's israel adventure, it's happening. >> right after this.
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>> it is fun day monday and every year more than three million people visit israel. for many, it's a trip that happens once in a lifetime. but kathie lee has been going to the holy land to study scripture -- look at you. >> 17 years old. >> first time i made that trip, i've been going ever since. >> first time i made that trip was 45 years ago in 1971, and i've been going ever since and frank and i visited four years ago. so it was only fitting to hold an intimate memorial service for him in a place so special to us. we're going to show you that tomorrow. on this trip for the first time in all of my visits all of these years i was a tourist and saw parts of israel i had never seen before. my guide was the lovely, talented knowledgeable israeli actress. how gorgeous is she? a model and producer noa tishby. [ singing in foreign language ] >> oh, hello! >> noah, a very big star over here.
>> thank you. >> welcome to israel! [ cheers ] >> a pretty good room with a view. isn't it? >> one of the most glorious views in the world. it is so special to the jewish people. >> it really is. this is the holiest place to the jews. the actual walls that surrounded the temple. >> things to do when in israel. number one, western wall. >> western wall. we're right here. >> start with a note. do you have a wish you want to wish for? >> well, it's a prayer. it's a prayer. yes. >> and i happen to have a note for you. >> a small prayer. >> hoda wanted me to bring a prayer for her to put in the wall as well. so i have it right here, which i will very graciously in her honor do.
>> and then the sun comes out. of course it does. >> this is always one of my very, very favorite places in all of jerusalem, right here on mount of olives, which has the most spectacular view. right over here is the garden of gethsemane, where jesus spent his last night on earth, and of course it's a place where people get on the exotic animals. oh, oh, yeah. hello, kojak. kojak -- nobody said anything about a ride. >> it's friday afternoon. >> yes. >> we're in the market. >> the market. which is called the shuk. like, i'm all shook up, ah-ha, ha >> look at that. is that ruthy russo? >> yes, it is. >> oh, my goodness. hello. >> you would be considered to
you are legendary here. >> oh, the smell. i wish everybody could smell this. >> fresh from the mealstone >> hmm. delicious. >> i think it has your name on it. >> oh. it's wine. i should get some of that for hoda. i love that. and now i've eaten my way through the shuk. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> friday afternoon. everybody's out and about having drinks, drinking coffee. chatting. >> so different from jerusalem where they pray. >> yes. >> this is where they play. c'est la vie! >> israel is the start-up capital of the world. it's got more start-ups in venture capital companies than any other country in the world. >> and become the gay capital of the middle east. >> as well. friday night.
>> go and light a candle on the beach. >> let's go and light a candle. >> this doesn't happen all the time. this is just for us. >> oh. >> fresh. >> oh, i've never had it this fresh. this is fantastic. >> my city of tel aviv. so sababa. our common game in israel. it's called [ speaking in foreign language ] >> ah! that was -- >> score for gifford. >> i get a great mud pack in the dead sea tomorrow but i have to say goodbye to my new friend. god bless you. >> this is the lowest point in the world, and it's mineral-rich. everybody has come here from all around the world in search of -- the fountain of youth.
i'm already feeling younger. >> ah. >> hello. >> hello. maybe that's why they call it the promised land? >> and that is a -- wrap. i love it. [ laughter ] >> only you. >> that guy is named michael lewis. >> tell you, only you. [ laughter ] >> and you know i can go from, from the secular to the silly and pretty quickly. yes. just, boom, like that. anyway, we have more for you tomorrow and wednesday. >> looking forward to it. a great spot. >> thank you. >> and awesome. the voice of jordan smith takes us "over the rainbow" with a beautiful performance coming up and fun with our "greek wedding" star nia vardalos.
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it must feel pretty good to have written and starred in the highest grossing romantic comedy of all-time. talking about the one and only nia vardalos. >> hi! >> after 14 long, long years back with a highly anticipated sequel" my big fat greek wedding 2". >> this time the family reveals a secret that reunites all the beloved characters for another wedding. but you never know where they're all going to pop up first. take a look. >> there's paris. >> if she goes to northwestern she'll stay in chicago. >> please, oh, please, let's go over there. >> no. >> right.
>> did you invite the family? >> i told my mom. >> i -- hi, you guys. >> so glad to see you and so glad to see the family back together. 14 long years. >> yes. it's a real family movie. about your family, come visit us at the movies and have a good time. i promise you, it's the same kind of comedy. >> i love how you made sure all the cousins and everybody was back together. stars. >> it wouldn't be right. >> and you were a little concerned because a couple of years. >> i was concerned. john corbett said to me, how about the older cast members? >> we got to the set, they were all drinking and laughing. >> they're fine. isn't this meant to be, us three >> yes. >> can we discuss that a second? >> no way to talk about this you. >> thank you. >> we wanted to do -- remember that one ad, where they do the hold my neck?
>> pull each other's neck. >> a hollywood face-lift you don't need it. pull your neck -- >> right back there, baby! >> yep, yep, yep. so how was it? just emotionally for you getting back together and doing it? you're the writer, producer, you're the star, but you're the heart of this whole thing. >> that's very sweet. it's the same producers. same cast. we have a very, very good time together, and -- it was very emotional, to be honest and very loud. oh, my god loud! oh, yes. our director was british. you know how reserved they are, and we were just like, shh, be quiet. and then i ate and then -- >> the old chemistry did it kick right back in after all those years? >> yes, it did and i remember being a little shy with john the first time we met. john corbett plays the husband ian miller, and i -- i've never actually told this story. when i was about to do my first kissing scene i waited for him account the makeup trailer.
and i'm like, ha, it's john corbett. you know that scene we're going to do now? yeah. i've never kissed anybody in a movie. when i wrote this movie i never thought it would be made and then i'm going to kiss you and i'm really, really nervous. can you just kiss me now and we'll get it over with by ourselves? he said, sure. kisses me right there. and i was like, melt. i got over it. i was embarrassed. came back when to do the sequel that the man who does our hair and makeup, came to the trailer and saw us and said, they're having an affair! >> i bet you've wanted to confess that for 14 years. >> 14 years. >> still kissing all these years later? >> he's still, there's a lot of romance and so joyous to do and the cast is so funny. andrea martin plays -- >> love her. >> genius. >> on fire. my personal goal to write very, very strong roles for the women, because we are an underserved gender in hollywood. the men are taken care of. there's lots of funny men in the movie. >> got a little woman of your own. >> yes, you do. a little girl.
game? we have catch phrases. say them in greek and you're going to get them. >> are we ready? >> yes. >> [ speaking in foreign language ]. >> ah -- >> how do we do it day after day? >> yes. >> she did it the way we do it. okay. >> ah -- something about, who cares? >> oh! >> again, have a great show! >> like this -- [ speaking in foreign language ] >> more wine. >> okay. this one is -- [ speaking in foreign language ] >> do it like -- i need a dentist. [ laughter ] >> hey -- [ speaking in foreign language ] >> oh. it's -- >> a hint. >> funday monday. >> yes.
>> hoda your necka -- >> don't say it. >> your necka. up. >> it was hoda woman. we're going to be lucky. >> we love you, darling. >> this movie -- opens this friday. got to -- don't forget, the "today" wedding takes place right here, thursday, including miss. get ready for something beautiful from last year's winner of "the voice." jordan smith, coming up right
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dethroning adele. that was a big day. >> you're living the dream, baby. >> absolutely. >> so happy for you. what are you singing for us today? >> i'm going to sing "over the rainbow," one of my all-time favorites. i worked on this in the studio with david foster. it's just a dream come true. >> here you are. somewhere over the rainbow way up high there's a land that i've heard of
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